Wildlife-Rich Costa Rica

Discover ancient, virgin forests, a country rich in diverse wildlife, active volcanoes and the most biologically diverse place on earth as you journey around this beautiful, unspoilt country

 

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Day 1: San Jose

Upon arrival at San Jose Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation in the city centre for 1 night.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure, visiting the Cathedral, National Museum and National Park or just relax at the hotel, enjoying dinner in the hotel or at one of San Jose’s top international restaurants.

 

 

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Day 2 & 3: Tortuguero, Caribbean Coast

This morning you depart early to Tortuguero, through the stunning landscape of the North. In the afternoon you will be taken on a short tour of Tortuguero town itself, learning about the local conservation efforts and the indigenous communities in the area. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at leisure, allowing you to relax by the beach or at the lodge’s pool.

On your second day, you will head into the wild along weaving waterways and through virgin rainforest. On the tour you can spot caiman, monkeys, birds and a number of other, more elusive species. You can also take an optional night tour to the turtle nesting sites, allowing you to see the females laying their eggs on the beach or the young hatching (dependent on the time of year).

 

 

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Day 4 & 5: Volcanoes, Arenal

This morning you will depart for the iconic Arenal Volcano, stopping off for lunch en-route in Guápiles. In the afternoon you will taken to visit this impressive volcano, which has a beautiful lake nearby and hosts a great diversity of wildlife. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at leisure, allowing you to relax at the hotel or wander around La Fortuna town.

On your second day in Arenal, you will be taken white-water rafting on the Rio Toro. Set deep in the Costa Rican rain forests and fed by waters from the Poás Volcano, the Toro River winds 12km through a scenic canyon of high cliffs and exciting rapids. The river is full of non-stop class 3 and 4 rapids that will challenge even our most experienced guests. The afternoon will be spent at leisure.

 

 

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Day 6 & 7: Manuel Antonio National Park, Pacific Coast

Today you will have the chance to visit the volcano a second time in the morning before departing for your accommodation in Quepos, near the diverse Manuel Antonio National Park.

The next morning you will be enjoy a tour through one of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks with a professional guide. Spectacular natural beauty and a tranquil atmosphere attract many visitors to Manuel Antonio annually, as does its plethora of species, including butterflies, birds, monkeys, snakes, orchids, turtles and numerous, lesser known mammals. In the afternoon enjoy a canopy tour through both primary and secondary forest, so that you can spot the different animals of each habitat. There are 16 platforms, four of them are built on the ground and the other twelve hang 90 feet above from the robust trees in the primary forest.

 

 

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Day 8-11: Corcovado National Park, Osa Peninsula

After breakfast you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your flight to Corcovado, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel near the national park itself.

The next morning you will be taken on a full-day tour, accompanied by a naturalist guide. A short boat ride will take you in to the heart of the park, from where you will follow forest trails until you reach the beach, where you can relax or go for a swim. Monkeys, agoutis, sloth and scarlet macaws are commonly sighted along this route. In the afternoon you will follow the San Pedrillo river to a pristine rainforest waterfall, home to Kingfishers and Jesus Christ lizards, before returning to the hotel.

On your final day you will go on the Caño Island Tour. An hour’s boat ride takes you to this isolated islands, where you can see ancient indigenous burial sites that are found all over the central plateau. After lunch you can spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or swimming and snorkelling through the azul waters of the coral reefs, home to a diverse range of colourful and fascinating marine life.

 

 

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Info: Corcovado National Park

Corcovado National Park is unparalleled for natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and its largely unspoilt primary growth forests. Home to enormous trees, epiphytic plants, such as orchids, bromeliads and ferns and a myriad of wildlife, Corcovado National Park is an undeniably beautiful place. Considered to be one of the most important natural preserves in the Americas, this virgin rain forest Park invites superlatives from all its visitors. Corcovado National Park has been called “the most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic, due the sheer diversity of its flora and fauna. Expect to see a number of animals, from Costa Rica’s 4 monkey species, 2 sloth species, Baird’s tapir, agauti, coati, scarlet McCaws and a number of reptiles and bird species. Jaguar tracks are also a common site- although the animal itself is more elusive.

 

 

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Day 11: San Jose, Costa Rica

This morning you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to San Jose. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, where you can relax and enjoy a last day of relaxation and luxury, or visit the cathedral, main square and shops of the city centre. The next morning you will be transferred to the international terminal for your return flight home.

 

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